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Sunday Morning Music: Nick 13

by Cat Johnson

Looks like Nick 13, the founder, songwriter and singer of psychobilly outfit Tiger Army has been holding out on us. It turns out that he’s a natural country crooner with a voice that wraps nicely around a slow and lonesome, steel-guitar, fiddle and hillbilly bass-driven sound.

His self-titled solo debut is a solid, well-rounded exploration of the roots of California country music…the good years. After spending some time in Nashville, seeking inspiration and direction for his solo album, he came back to California with an awareness that he wanted to shine a light on the great country music that has come out of the golden state. The songs that he wrote for the album are a nod to the good ol’ days, but they also sound fresh and modern; he brings the timelessness of a good country song into today.

When asked how he wandered from psychobilly to hillbilly, he replied, “The first music that really, really grabbed me as a young kid was punk rock. A lot of people are puzzled where the road is from that to country music, but I started following the roots back, getting into a lot of early rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll, and that lead me back to hillbilly music of the 40s and 50s…I guess that’s always been a part of my nature, tracing the origins of things.”

Whatever his motivations, Nick 13 pulls off the Americana/classic country thing nicely (like the album’s been on repeat at my house for two days nicely). With songs about the moon, what-could-have-been’s, gambling, highway 101, Nashville, victrolas, loneliness and death, Nick 13 has just expanded his audience exponentially and proven himself to be a multi-trick pony.

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  1. DJ Tom LG
    August 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for unveiling this gem Cat! I wouldn’t have known! -TLG

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